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Maxx Tissenbaum, San Diego Padres Draftee Exclusive Interview: Part Two

December 23rd, 2013 at 9:37 AM
By Sports Media 101

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The San Diego Padres selected infielder Maxx Tissenbaum in the 11th round of the 2012 draft. Since he was drafted, Tissenbaum has kept a regular blog about his career and his journey through the minor leagues. In this two part series, Padres 101 took the opportunity to talk to Tissenbaum about his quest to become a major leaguer. In the second part of this series, Tissenbaum discusses the last year of his career.

Mike Phillips: What was it like to face the number one pick in the draft, Mark Appel, in a game this year?

Maxx Tissenbaum:  I’ve actually faced him a couple of times in the past. I faced him after my freshman year in college in an intercollegiate summer league and then I faced him again at Cape Cod. He’s an unbelievable pitcher stuff wise. He’s got a really big fastball and can bring it up there to 95-98 miles per hour, and he’s got a huge breaking ball and really good changeup. For whatever reason, the first time I faced him I had a broken bat double and then another hit off of him. I think that kind of put it in my mind that I have his number so I’ve always kind of seen the ball well off of him. I think I had two hits off him when I faced him this year. It’s exciting facing guys like that. It’s the most enjoyable part for me, going up against guys who people sort of say you’re not supposed to get a hit off of or you’re not supposed to beat. That’s the biggest challenge, that’s the most fun. 

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Maxx Tissenbaum, San Diego Padres Draftee Exclusive Interview: Part One

December 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 AM
By Sports Media 101

The San Diego Padres selected infielder Maxx Tissenbaum in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Since he was drafted, Tissenbaum has kept a regular blog about his career and his journey through the minor leagues. In this two part series, Padres 101 took the opportunity to talk to Tissenbaum about his quest to become a major leaguer. In the first part of this series, Tissenbaum talked about his baseball background and why he started his blog.

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Mike Phillips: Being from Canada, what made you choose to play baseball over hockey?

Maxx Tissenbaum: I’m not really sure. I think it’s because that’s what I grew up around. My grandfather was a Toronto Blue Jays season ticket holder right from their first game in 1977, so growing up I spent 30 or 40 nights a summer with him at Blue Jays games. It was just something where I fell in love with the game and I always wanted to play baseball

MP: Who was your favorite player growing up?

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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 7:30 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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Ian Kennedy Shines in San Diego Padres’ Debut as Padres Topple New York Yankees

August 5th, 2013 at 12:40 PM
By Wayne Staich

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How ironic that Ian Kennedy, just picked up in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks a few days ago, made his San Diego Padres' debut against the team that first drafted him. Kennedy worked five and 2/3 innings and was backed up with an early, sizable lead as the Padres downed the New York Yankees, 6-3, Sunday afternoon at Petco Park in front of 43,504. 

The Yankees tabbed Kennedy with their first-round pick in the 2006 draft. But after spending most of the next three seasons in the minors and starting only 12 games at the Major League level, he was dealt to Arizona in 2009.

If anyone would have thought he would be making his San Diego Padres' debut against one of his former teams, certainly it would be the Diamondbacks. After all, the Padres only play the Yankees about as often as it snows in San Diego. 

"The adrenaline got the best of me later on, but early on I tried to control it," said Kennedy. "I started feeling it, trying to control it — the first start against the team that drafted me. I was a lot into it."

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San Diego Padres Prove to Be Rude Hosts in New York Yankees’ First Ever Visit to Petco Park

August 3rd, 2013 at 2:42 PM
By Wayne Staich

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The San Diego Padres can now scratch one very long-time item off their to-do list: beat the New York Yankees. It took nine years to get it done, but Andrew Cashner and a host of lively bats led the Pads to a 7-2 triumph over the Yanks Friday night in the Yankees' first-ever visit to Petco Park. 

Granted, they don't get a chance to beat New York very often–this is only the fourth matchup all-time between the clubs, and the first since 2008, when the Yankees swept a three-game set in New York. The Padres last win over the Yankees? June 11, 2004. With the win on Friday, they are 3-7 all-time versus the men in black and white pinstripes. 

Cashner treated the sold-out crowd of 44,124 to another fine outing, working seven quality frames to improve to 8-5. After giving up two first-inning runs, he settled down to blank New York for the next six innings. His final line: two runs on seven hits, no free passes, and two punch-outs. His assessment of the crowd:

"It was electric from the first pitch."

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